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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Whale_Rider
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Daniel Day-Lewis To Play Abraham Lincoln

November 20th, 2010 9:00am EST
Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis is to play President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's new historical biopic.

Friday's casting announcement comes nine years after Spielberg first revealed he was making a film about the assassinated former leader.

The movie mogul originally tapped Liam Neeson for the role.

In a statement confirming the casting, Spielberg revealed he has never worked with Oscar winner Day-Lewis.

He says, "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future. ...
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Another Look At the Cast Of 'Star Trek'

May 9th, 2009 10:41am EDT
Star Trek
The reviews for Star Trek have been mostly positive, so it's okay to assume the sequel that Paramount gave the go ahead to a few weeks ago is going to happen. Here's a quick look at the "cast of unknowns" who actually have a lot of acting credits between them.

Chris Pine starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2

and Lindsay pre-rehab trips Lohan in Just My Luck. He was nearly unrecognizable in Smokin' Aces, but his least hated project was probably the little seen Bottle Shock.

After a few the less said the better television show appearances, Zachary Quinto joined ...
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Tom Cruise Stars In 'Valkyrie,' In Theaters Dec. 26; Watch The Trailer Here

November 5th, 2008 11:23am EST
Valkyrie
In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, Valkyrie, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.

Click the 'play' button to watch the trailer for "Valkyrie"

Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, Superman Returns) re-teams ...
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Seth Rogen Should Never Have Been Famous

August 4th, 2008 8:42am EDT
Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen should be a McDonald's employee. With his rough, gurgling chuckle and lumberjack-stoner voice, the high school dropout should be asking, "Do you want fries with that?," not "You know how I know you're gay?" He should be muttering how much he hates his life under his breath. He should be living paycheck to paycheck, hoping his mom doesn't kick him out because he forgot to take out the trash. Again. He should be an alcoholic has-been trying to turn a small stint on network television into a tad longer one on some god-awful E! reality show. Seth Rogen should have been this generatio...
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Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....
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A Salute To Irish Actors On St. Patrick's Day

March 17th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Colin Farrell
There’s something undeniably sexy about an Irish accent. Add celebrity into the mix, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Here are some of the Irish actors whose charisma, talent and lilting speech have made them favorites among moviegoers and TV fans:

When you think "Irish actor," Colin Farrell immediately comes to mind. A reformed bad boy who reportedly dated Britney Spears and made an infamous sex tape with former girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain, Farrell has altered his priorities in the past few years.

Farrell recently showed his tender side when he opened...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 9

August 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Rhona Mitra
Happy Birthday to "The Da Vinci Code" actress Audrey Tautou (1978), The Number 23 actress Rhona Mitra (1976), "The Practice" actress Jessica Capshaw (1976), Colombian singer Juanes (1972), Carolina Hurricane Rod Brind'Amour (1970), "Munich" actor Eric Bana (1968), "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (1968), football and baseball star Deion Sanders (1967), Canadian hockey star Brett Hull (1964), notorious singer/actress Whitney Houston (1963), Movie/TV actress Melanie Griffith (1957), actor Sam Elliott (1944), baseball player Tommie Agee (1942; d. 2001), and "Jaws" actor Robert Shaw (1927; d....
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 9

August 9th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Gillian Anderson
Happy Birthday to "The Da Vinci Code" actress Audrey Tautou (1978), English actress Rhona Mitra (1976), "The Practice" actress Jessica Capshaw (1976), Colombian singer Juanes (1972), Carolina Hurricane Rod Brind'Amour (1970), "Munich" actor Eric Bana (1968), "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (1968), football and baseball star Deion Sanders (1967), Canadian hockey star Brett Hull (1964), notorious singer/actress Whitney Houston (1963), Movie/TV actress Melanie Griffith (1957), actor Sam Elliott (1944), baseball player Tommie Agee (1942; d. 2001), and "Jaws" actor Robert Shaw (1927; d. 1978)...
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New Movies on DVD, May 9

May 9th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The New World
This week's exciting new DVD releases include the John Smith and Pocahontas love story in The New World. Set against a historically accurate Virginia backdrop, the film shows how an ambitious soldier of fortune and a passionate Native American are torn between their civil duties and the demands of the human heart. Or for more serious fare, try Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed terrorist film Munich. There's also the Jennifer Aniston film Rumor Has It or British children's flick Nanny McPhee.
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...
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Survey Says 'Crash' Should Win Best Picture

March 2nd, 2006 2:24pm EST
According to a new Harris poll, 20 percent of U.S. adults say Crash should win the Best Picture Oscar this year. Only 13 percent believe Brokeback Mountain should win, followed by 10 percent who each say Good Night and Good Luck and Munich should take home the award. The fifth nominee Capote has the support of just 4 percent of adults.

What may be worrisome for the producers of the Academy Awards is that 24 percent of adults say they are not sure who should win, and 18 percent think none of these five should win. Without being invested in a movie, will they tune in to watch the awards?...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Outperforms Other Best Picture Nominees

February 7th, 2006 12:21pm EST
Brokeback Mountain
Solidifying its nationwide appeal, Brokeback Mountain has become the top-grosser among the five films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award this year. As of yesterday, the film topped $60 million domestically, outpacing the domestic grosses for fellow Best Picture nominees Capote ($18 million to date), Crash ($54 million final gross), Good Night, and Good Luck ($27 million to date), and Munich ($43 million to date).

Brokeback Mountain was nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director), more than any other film this year. Following the nominations...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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Ebert & Roeper To Present Their Top 10 Film Picks of 2005

December 27th, 2005 9:35am EST
The New World
Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, hosts of television's most popular and respected movie review program, will announce their individual top 10 lists of 2005's best films this weekend on "Ebert & Roeper: The Best of 2005." Their selections will be revealed and discussed on the annual special, which will air this weekend (Dec 31, Jan 1) in national syndication.

The critics' individual top 10 lists share five films in common, yet the critics had no agreement when ranking their selections. In no particular order, some of Roger Ebert's favorites include Junebug, King Kong a...
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New in Theaters Today, Dec. 23

December 23rd, 2005 7:00am EST
Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha opens in wide release. A young girl from a poor family winds up blossoming into a legendary geisha. She can captivate all the men around her but is haunted by a secret love.

The Ringer stars Johnny Knoxville as Steve Barker, a man who fakes a mental disability in order to win a cash prize at the Special Olympics. Although his teammates are aware of his scheme and can outdo him athletically, they need Barker to help defeat Jimmy, the arrogant reigning champion of the games.

In limited release:

Munich

The Matador
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AFI Honors the Top 10 Movies, TV Shows in 2005

December 12th, 2005 2:57pm EST
Syriana
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI Awards 2005, AFI's almanac, which records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image.

The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

CAPOTE

CRASH

THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

LUCK.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

KING KONG

MUNICH

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

SYRIANA

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

24

BATTLESTAR GAL...
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Paramount Buys DreamWorks, Acquires Entire Live-Action Library

December 12th, 2005 2:43pm EST
Gladiator
Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to purchase DreamWorks SKG for $1.6 billion in cash and assumption of debt. Under the terms of the agreement, Paramount will acquire the entire DreamWorks live-action library, which includes 59 films including such titles as Gladiator and American Beauty, both of which were winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In addition, Paramount is acquiring rights to such acclaimed Steven Spielberg-directed blockbusters as War of the Worlds, Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, and Minority Report, along ...
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